Ms. Erica Brannon, Science
The start of school is just around the corner, and I hope you’re starting to get excited about exploring science together this year! One of my favorite things about teaching science is all the opportunities it provides for students to learn through hands on activities. Not only is hands-on learning fun, numerous studies have shown that students learn better, are more motivated, and perform better on assessments when given the opportunity to learn through hands on activities as compared to textbook or lecture approaches. It is my goal to get students moving around, building, and exploring in my class daily. One of students’ favorite hands-on activities we do is a frog dissection at the end of our Comparative Anatomy unit. Here are a few pictures from last year’s dissection. While dissecting the stomach, Preston and Garrett discovered the frog’s last meal was likely a crawdad or crab! Trivia question: Can anyone identify which organ Stefanie and Olivia are holding up?!
Mr. Greg Conrad, Humanities
I’m looking forward to beginning our year with returning and new students. I had a great summer and hope everyone else did as well. As you read this begin thinking about any history you experienced over the summer; maybe you traveled to an historic site or learned about your family’s background on a trip to visit grandparents. History is all around us, keep your eyes open. We begin our year with studies surrounding the Spanish-American War and how media influenced America’s involvement. This is a timely subject as there are many current events involving America in world affairs. We’ll study interesting people and events and learn about political cartoons. Then we’ll take that info to write expository paragraphs and create cartoon images to express understanding. What could be more fun than drawing cartoons as an assignment? See y’all soon!
Mrs. Amanda Holdredge, Language Arts
Welcome back to our returning students and a big hello to our new students–welcome to 7th grade! I’m looking forward to a great year with you in Language Arts, learning together while having fun. We’ll start the year with a selection of classic and contemporary short stories with a goal of refreshing and cementing the basic building blocks of literature (theme, plot development, characterization, etc.) as well as a character analysis essay. Mr. Conrad and I work closely together between Language Arts and Humanities to reinforce content, writing skills, and whenever possible make your job as a student easier (for example, the strategies you use to write your political cartoon paragraphs feed right into our expository essay).
Mr. Joe Kennedy, Math
The first day of school is right around the corner and I know some of you are wondering if you have all the materials you need for all of your classes. Remember that SPS supplies all the basic necessities the students need for all of their classes (binders, notebooks, paper, pencils, etc.), so there is no need to run out and buy 10,000 pencils and a 10 inch binder to keep all you materials in. We did all the shopping for you. The one item you will need to purchase this year is a calculator. Any calculator will do, but I suggest a scientific calculator which runs about $10. We do have calculators on the iPads, but iPads are not allowed during testing, so it’s very important to have access to a calculator during our assessments. I looking forward to seeing you all next week.